Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace - an audio guide

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Published to coincide with the centenary of Tolstoy’s death, this is a major new edition of one of the great works of world literature.

Tolstoy’s masterpiece captures with unprecedented immediacy the broad sweep of life during the Napoleonic wars and the brutal invasion of Russia. Balls and soirees, the burning of Moscow, the intrigues of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles, the quiet moments of everyday life - all in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed.

The Maudes’ translation of War and Peace has long been considered the best English version, and now for the first time it has been revised to bring it fully into line with modern approaches to the text. French passages are restored, Anglicization of Russian names removed, and outmoded expressions updated.

This audio guide to War and Peace is presented by Amy Mandelker, who is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of numerous books and articles on Russian literature and literary theory.

In the guide Amy suggests ways of approaching this magnificent - but sometimes rather daunting - masterpiece of world literature for the first time. Click on the links below to listen to the guide.

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Approaching War and Peace

Tolstoy and his Novel

Revising a Classic Translation for the 21st Century